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>I've heard similar stories about Segovia & Julian
>Bream - breaking a guitar string & carrying on as if
>nothing had happened. I've read that Paganini would
>break violin strings on purpose during a performance
>for dramatic effect.
One of the most impressive string breaking episodes I've ever seen 
was Bill Frisell breaking a B string a few minutes into "High Plains 
Drifter", an ultra-episodic John Zorn piece for the Frisell quartet 
that lasts about 15 minutes, goes through something like 60 sections. 
Frisell just played the rest of the piece as if nothing happened, and 
sounded great.
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